Microsoft Cloud Partner Program (MCPP) & Solution Partner Designations

Microsoft has announced in March 2022 that they will evolve their Microsoft Partner Network Program ( MPN). Effective October 2022, they are changing the name of the partner program from “Microsoft Partner Network (MPN)” to the “Microsoft Cloud Partner Program (MCPP).”

The Microsoft Cloud Partner Program is for all partners in Microsoft’s ecosystem, whether they build and sell services, software solutions or devices, and is focused on proficiency in six solution areas aligned with the Microsoft Cloud:

  • Data & AI (Azure)
  • Infrastructure (Azure)
  • Digital & App Innovation (Azure)
  • Business Applications
  • Modern Work
  • Security

The current 19 Competencies can be mapped to the new six Solution Areas as shown below.

MCPP Program Key Facts

To attain a solutions partner designation, you'll need to earn at least 70 points (including points in each subcategory) out of the available 100 points.

  • Performance: Measured by net customer adds.
  • Skilling: Verifies and demonstrates your dedication to skilling and training. Points are awarded for each person on your team with specified certifications.
  • Customer success: Measured by usage growth and number of successful deployments.

You can track your progress toward earning a solutions partner designation in Partner Center.


Tech Data as an official Microsoft Learning Partner can help you to reach your Solution Area , as we offer all necessary training courses that can help you prepare for your needed certifications.

If you are not sure which certifications you need, check out our MCPP Program Overview with Requirements & Benefits that also includes a certification overview of the current Microsoft trainings & certifications available through Tech Data Academy!

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MCCP: More Information & Important Links

All content, dates & requirements of this page are subject to change. We have outlined the status as of May 2022. For more information you can also use the official Microsoft information and links below:

We have also summarized this in our Tech Data MCPP Overview documents

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